Over 300 participants at the first Lisbon Summer School ADESTE+

Culture audiences were at the core of discussions across an extensive programme of workshops, visits, debates, masterclasses, laboratories and case studies for a whole week
Adeste+ Summer School
09 oct 2019

From 23 to 27 September, hundreds of culture professionals, representatives from organisations and public policy making entities across Europe were at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation to discuss audiences at the first-ever Lisbon Summer School ADESTE +.

In workgroups and at lectures during the international conference – “Empowering Audiences, Reimagining Culture” – throughout the whole week, the recent challenges and perspectives on contemporary cultural participation were discussed within the framework of understanding how the paradigm for participation is changing culture.

2-lluis-breaking4thwall_800x500 Breaking the fourth wall | Doodle de Marc Pachow
4-mercedes-participationwon_800x500 How participation won, and why it matters | Doodle de Marc Pachow
7-wayne-perpetualreturn-v1_800x500 Perpetual return or on being included again, and again and again | Doodle de Marc Pachow
6-stevenana-culturaldemocracy-v1_800x500 Cultural democracy - past, present, future | Doodle de Marc Pachow

In addition to the presentation of case studies, such as PARTIS – Artistic Practices for Social Inclusion initiative – or the participative models of the programming adopted by Miriam Tscholl at Dresden State Theatre (Germany) or by Sally Shaw at the Firstsite art gallery (Britain), guest speakers also included Mercedes Giovinazzo, Master’s in Arts Management, who has worked for the Council of Europe and the Universal Forum of Cultures, Wayne Modest, curator and responsible for the Research Center of Material Culture, the specialists in cultural democracy Ana Zuvela and Steven Hadley, among many others.

The national context was approached across different experiences featuring different cultural projects such as “Dancing with Difference”, “The Public Days” at São Luiz Theatre, the “Frontier” program run by the Douro Museum or the programming for children and young persons staged by LU.CA –Luís de Camões Theatre.

The working groups that brought together professionals from 19 different nationalities pointed out the five major questions for the future that are to be raised at the next Summer School in Rjeka, Croatia.

This was the first of three Summer Schools ongoing until 2021, under the auspices of the ADESTE+ project of which the Gulbenkian Foundation is a participating member. 


1-AlessandraAnna-Audiencesatthecenter_800x500 Placind audiences at the centre | Doodle de Marc Pachow
5a-lorenzo-TeatroStabile_800x500 Teatro Stabile Torino | Doodle de Marc Pachow
5b-diego-laharinera-v1_800x500 La Harinera y Zaragoza Cultural Centre | Doodle de Marc Pachow
9-5questionsforthe-future_800x500 5 Questions for the future | Doodle de Marc Pachow
8-AlessandraAnna-where-are-we_800x500 Where are we? What next? | Doodle de Marc Pachow
10-ClosingSession_800x500 Closing session | Doodle de Marc Pachow


Watch the conferences

Adeste Summer School 01

Day 01

People and communities as a core value: placing audiences at the centre

Adeste Summer School 01

Day 02

Audience development as an everyday practice: breaking the walls

Adeste Summer School 03

Day 03

Empowering Audiences, Reimagining Culture | European Conference Open Days

Day 04

Empowering Audiences, Reimagining Culture | European Conference Open Days

Day 05

Adeste+ is about questions


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